(You're reading all posts by Buster Hein)

About Buster Hein

Buster Hein Buster Hein is Cult of Mac's Senior News Editor and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Twitter: @bst3r.

(sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)

Why the iPad mini 3 is a gigantic ripoff

iPadmini3

The iPad Air 2 is the best tablet Apple’s ever made. The iPad mini 3 is good, but it’s also a gigantic ripoff.

Phil Schiller gushed over all the new iPad Air 2 upgrades during today’s keynote, reveling in its improved camera, powerful A8X chip, anti-reflective coating and Touch ID. But when it came to the iPad mini 3, Apple tried to slide quickly past it, and for good reason – there weren’t any upgrades to brag about.

Here are the new iPad mini 3 features:

Read the rest of this post »

Apple’s entire iPad Air 2 keynote is now available online

Tim Cook unveiled the rest of Apple's 2014 lineup today. Photo: Apple

Tim Cook unveiled the rest of Apple’s 2014 lineup today. Photo: Apple

Apple’s iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac keynote this morning was short on surprises, but if you weren’t able to watch the live stream as Tim Cook and Phil Schiller revealed the deets on Apple’s newest products, you can relive it on Apple.com.

The full video of today’s keynote has been posted on Apple’s website, and is also available on the dedicated Apple TV channel that showed up on devices today. The first half was mostly just a recap of Apple’s news from WWDC and last month’s keynote, but now you can just skip straight to Chief Secrecy Officer Stephen Colbert’s hilarious skit with Hair Force One at the 30 minute mark.

Apple’s iMac with Retina 5K display is big, beautiful and full of pixels

retinaiMAc2

Apple finally unveiled its iMac with Retina 5K display this morning, and while the screen is bigger, brighter and more hi-deffer than ever, Apple still managed to make an incredible machine that’s gorgeous and affordable.

It’s the most incredible iMac Apple’s ever built, thanks to a Retina 5K display that puts high-end 4K displays to shame and upgraded processors and graphics in a package that’s just 5mm thin.

Think your desktop is ready for a Retina upgrade? Here’s what you need to know about Apple’s new desktop beast:

Read the rest of this post »

Grab your credit card: The Apple Store is back online

applestore

The online Apple Store is ready to take your Retina iMac order. Photo: Apple

Tim Cook and Phil Schiller just got done revealing the new iPad Air 2 and iMac with Retina 5k display, and while you can’t pre-order the new iPads until tomorrow, the new iMac and Mac mini are available now.

The online Apple Store is back up and running with new sections for the iMac with Retina 5k display, and the updated Mac mini that got a price drop. Both items can be ordered right now, with the Retina iMac starting at $2,499, and the Mac mini coming in at $499.

Liveblog: Get fixated on Apple’s new iPads with Cult of Mac

Tim Cook shows off the growing family of Apple products. Photo: Apple

Tim Cook shows off the growing family of Apple products. Photo: Apple

It’s been way too long since Apple showered us with new products like the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch, but Tim Cook and his crew are ready to go in for round two at a town hall keynote today at Apple HQ. New iPads, a Retina iMac and OS X Yosemite are rumored to be on the menu, but will Apple have one more surprise waiting for us?

Apple’s holiday lineup will be revealed in just a few short hours, and we’ll be here liveblogging all the details as the event unfolds. So bookmark this page, and come back at 10 a.m. Pacific for what will most likely be Apple’s last major announcements of 2014.

Read the rest of this post »

Jimmy Iovine: NFL Beats ban makes us look like superheroes

Jimmy Iovine, Tim Cook, Andre Young, and Eddie Cue. Photo: Apple

Jimmy Iovine, Tim Cook, Andre Young and Eddy Cue. Photo: Apple

Apple’s new headphone company received an official ban from the NFL this season, prohibiting the Beats cans from being worn at games or official press conferences, and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine couldn’t feel more lucky.

Iovine was the keynote speaker today at the University of Southern California’s Global Conversation, and according to Business Insider, he told the audience that the NFL’s decision to ban Beats at the behest of Bose was an inept move that’s turned Beats into a superhero.

Read the rest of this post »

Fitbit’s pulse weakens as it gets kicked out of Apple Stores

Apple is giving FitBit the boot to make way for Apple Watch. Photo: Fitbit

Apple is giving FitBit the boot to make way for Apple Watch. Photo: Fitbit

Fitbit’s lineup of activity trackers may soon get exiled from the Apple Store, sources have told Recode, as Apple prepares to launch its own lineup of wearables next year.

It’s unclear whether other activity trackers will suffer the same fate, but the move comes just days after FitBit announced it has no plans to support iOS 8’s HealthKit in the near future, which makes it easy for iOS users to track all of their fitness data in one app.

Read the rest of this post »

Apple leaks new iPad details in iOS 8.1 user guide

This will probably be what the iPad Air 2 looks like.

This will probably be what the iPad Air 2 looks like.

Apple’s unveiling of its new iPad lineup is set to take place in less than 24 hours, but someone at Apple HQ just accidentally leaked some of the biggest details, including the names of Apple’s newest tablets.

Read the rest of this post »

Sapphire supplier COO made $1.2 million offloading shares before bankruptcy

GTAT's sapphire glass didn't land in the iPhone, but its execs still made a fortune.

GTAT’s sapphire glass didn’t land in the iPhone, but its execs still made a fortune.

The sudden collapse of GT Advanced Technologies surprised everyone last week, including Apple, but according to new info obtained by the Wall Street Journal, key executives at GTAT knew its sapphire production deal was in trouble as early as February of this year.

Apple’s third payment of $103 million, which was due in February, wasn’t paid to GTAT on time according security filings which reveal GTAT faced sapphire production problems just months after inking its exclusive deal with Apple.

Read the rest of this post »

How to access Hyperlapse’s secret settings and record in 1080p

hyperlapseLABS

Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app is a phenomenal tool to capture buttery smooth timelapse video with more options and tweaks offered than iOS 8’s built-in timelapse feature. But if you’ve got a new iPhone 6 and want to record 1080p Hyperlapses you’re out of luck, unless you know how to access its secret settings menu.

Hyperlapsers can tap into their iPhone’s full potential by accessing the hidden ‘Labs’ menu that lets you tweak everything from your recording resolution, frame rate, speed multiplier options and even the sound levels.

Here’s how to access Hyperlapse’s secret settings:

Read the rest of this post »